Junior Cycle

The Junior Cycle Programme

Planning for the new Junior Cycle Award

The gradual introduction of the new Junior Cycle Student Award (JCSA), is a process that will not be completed until 2022

The new JCSA will see changes in every syllabus to incorporate certain key skills and statements of learning. Methods of assessment and certification will also change gradually. One of the greatest challenges will be moving from summative to formative based assessment. (See Draft Homework and Assessment Policy (February 2015) for a fleshing out of same)

Comprehensive information about these changes can be obtained on www.ncca.ie and www.juniorcycle.ie.

New syllabi will be introduced into First Year as follows:

September 2014 English
September 2015 Science
September 2016 Irish, Business
September 2017 Art/Craft/Design, French, German
September 2018 Home Economics, Music, Maths, Geography
September 2019 History, Religion


All students study the following subjects to examination level:


  • Irish
  • English
  • Maths
  • French, German or Spanish
  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Civic, Social and Political Education
  • Geography
  • History
  • Home Economics
  • Materials Technology (Wood)
  • Metalwork
  • Music
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Technical Graphics


The following non-examination subjects are also taken by all students:

Religion, Well-Being, Physical Education, Social, Personal, Health Education (SPHE), incorporating Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE), Guidance

* Except those in receipt of a DES exemption


The school’s capacity to offer subjects will depend on the resources available to the school and the level of demand for that subject in any particular year. The BOM reserves the right to amend these provisions on an annual basis.


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